Hair Transplant: Follicular Unit Extractions (FUE)
This is the harvesting of individual hair grafts from the donor area. A circular punch is made in the skin around the upper part of the follicle from the back of the scalp. The location of the donor area lies in the permanent hair zone. It is gently extracted from the scalp and a small hole remains for a few days. The hair follicle is then positioned into the destination area.
What are the benefits of FUE hair transplant?
- No linear scar
- FUE is reasonably pain free
- Rapid recovery
- Professionals, sportsmen and those who need to return back to busy or active jobs prefer this method
What is the advantage of an FUE over FUT (Follicular unit transplantation)?
- No linear scar in the donor area
- Good for very short hair styles
- Shorter healing time in the donor area
- Less post-op discomfort in the donor area
- Ease of finer hair harvesting from the nape of the neck
- For use at the hairline or the eyebrows
- Younger patients
- Provides an alternative when the scalp is too tight for a strip excision
- No limitations on strenuous exercise after the procedure
- Very muscular, athletic patients
- Those with very tight or very loose scalps
- Useful for repairing donor scars that cannot be excised
- Enables one to harvest finer hair from the nape of the neck
- For use at the hairline or the eyebrows
Our HT staff are composed of dedicated assistants who are hand picked and personally trained by Dr Edwin Anthony, ensuring that each patient’s grafts are handled with the utmost care to guaranteeing that each patient achieves the best results. We ensure continuing professional growth by regular attendance at World renowned workshops and ISHRS meetings.
The uFUE method (Unshaven)
The hair in the area to be removed is shaved immediately prior to your surgery, a long, thin band in smaller procedures and the entire back and sides of the scalp in large sessions. Hair is taken from the same donor area at the back of the scalp but shall be extracted such that existing hair will disguise the area of extraction. Discretion is the added advantage here. This technique is for those who want to return to a normal routine quickly and to disguise the signs of extraction. It is a time consuming technique and only suitable for small sessions of hair restoration surgery up to 600 FUE’s. You will be advised whether or not you will be suitable for this method and if not, discuss further preferable options.
What happens during the FUE hair transplant procedure?
Step 1 – Procedure Planning
day begins by meeting with your Hair transplant Surgeon to discuss your specific goals and the plan for your procedure. This involves a detailed breakdown of the zones that will be restored towards achieving your desired look. We will go through your hair design again and mark the scalp and allow you to comment on the design whilst looking in a mirror.
Photos will be taken. Usually your hair will be trimmed.
You will lie on your front whilst the extraction occurs and will have a comfortable head rest and a breathing hole so that you can maintain a relaxed position. Selected hair follicles will be harvested using a circular punches. The follicular units are gently separated from the scalp and removed. Once the grafts are extracted, The donor area is covered with a dressing that may be removed the next day.
Step 2 – Local Anaesthesia & Donor Hair Harvesting
The next step in your procedure is the extraction of the donor hair. This is a key step that distinguishes the revolutionary Follicular unit hair transplant procedure from the out-dated FUT hair transplant.
Unlike the FUT procedure, which involves cutting a strip from the donor area to harvest the grafts, the Follicular unit hair transplant method requires no such strip removal, as follicular units are removed individually from the donor area. This results in a significantly shorter healing time and minimizes any pain. As well, there is no linear scar along the donor area as is characteristic with the FUT procedure.
Step 3 – Preparation the Recipient Site
After all the grafts have been harvested from your donor area, we move on to the step of preparing the recipient sites – that is, the areas that will be receiving the new hair.
Your HT Surgeon will prepare each graft site by making tiny incisions where the follicular units will be inserted with follicular unit hair transplant.
We position each follicle to ensure a natural hair flow. The strategic positioning of hair to match each patient’s individual, natural growth pattern is a key factor in achieving a truly undetectable result of FUE hair transplant.
Step 4 – Placement of the Grafts
The recipient sites are completed. Then under the direct supervision of the HT Surgeon, our Hair transplant team start placing each graft, one by one, into the donor sites.
How much does an FUE hair transplant procedure cost?
The cost of FUE is depending on your individual requirements. We offer a no obligation consultation where you can discuss your requirements and discover answers you may have about hair transplants, suitability or medical hair treatments. As a guide each harvested and transplanted hair is charged at £2.
What happens if I want to shave my head completely after a FUE HT?
Fine dot like scars may be visible in the donor area. Most often they are not that noticeable and do not bother candidates.
What do I have to do prior to surgery?
- Stop smoking cigarettes
- Do not take any form of nicotine
- Do not drink alcohol for one week prior to the procedure
- Do not take any Vitamin E supplements for a month before the procedure
- Do not take Aspirin for 2 weeks prior to the procedure
Do you take hair from other parts of the body to place on the head?
This can be performed only when the donor head hair is depleted.
Do you guarantee the hair transplant?
There are no guarantees. However, for the majority it works well as the donor area is where the hair is not affected by the by product of Testosterone, DHT.
How long will it take me to recover?
- Approximately 2 weeks but every individual is different
- How long will it take for my transplanted to grow? Approximately 6-12 months.
Will I look natural after my hair transplantation?
We aim to achieve this and talk you through the hair design. We place the single hairs in the front in a micro-irregular manner and the multiple hair follicles further in to give a natural fuller appearance.
What is the difference between hair and hair follicle numbers?
A hair follicular unit is a group of natural growing hairs share the same blood supply and position in the scalp. A follicular unit may contain one to four individual hairs growing from it.
What factors will determine how many hairs do I need?
- Your expectations
- Your hair typ
- The colour of the skin
- The level of baldness
- Projected future hair loss
- Your age
- Your family history
We will discuss this with you during your consultation
What are the complications with hair transplants?
- Bleeding & Bruising
- Poor growth
Does the hair transplant hurt?
Place the local anaesthesia may be uncomfortable but we will use techniques to reduce this and make it as comfortable as possible.
Does the transplanted hair last forever?
Yes, as the hair is selected from the safe zone.
Why is FUE more expensive than FUT Surgery?
The time to take harvest the hair follicles individually is longer and the hair needs to be treated with more care in order to not damage them.
Is FUE or FUT right for me?
A complete hair transplant surgeon should be proficient at performing both FUT and FUE to an acceptable standard, and often the two are combined Factors that are taken into consideration when choosing between the two are scarring, wearing the hair short (meaning that a linear scar may be more visible), hair type, extent of balding, number of grafts needed (more are generally achieved with FUT), age, and family history.
What is FUE hair transplantation?
FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) is harvesting individual hair follicles which leave tiny dot scars instead of a linear scar; hence no sutures are needed in this instance.
What is FUT hair transplantation?
It is otherwise known as strip surgery, FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant). A skin strip of skin is excised from the donor area (back of the scalp) and the hairs are extracted from this. The back of the head is then sutured and the wound closed.
Do hair transplants really work?
If a patient is suitable and has realistic expectations hair transplants work. The Hair is removed from the back of the head and then positioned into the balding areas. Factors that cause male pattern baldness due not impact on transplanted hair and so they grow naturally.
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